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Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Ford cuts, Goldstein column, revisited | Scott Reid

It was with dismay bordering on disbelief that I read Sam Goldstein’s article in The Lawyer’s Daily regarding crime victim compensation. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Ford makes crime victim compensation easier | Sam Goldstein

Premier Ford’s government is taking a lot of criticism for changes to the justice sector. The recent Ontario budget announced a 30 per cent reduction in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding and eliminated certificates for refugee hearings altogether. A Toronto Star headline claimed victims of crime are about to be stiffed in compensation by the Ontario budget; and, the CBC proclaimed that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were immunizing themselves from civil liability with proposed changes to the Proceedings Against Crown Act (PACA). ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Access to justice without access to funding: legal aid cuts | Kelly Goldthorpe

“If they actually looked into it, there is more money being spent on lawyer fees and less cases. The people that actually need the system to help them, they aren’t getting the proper support. We have to hold these people accountable. When there’s more money to the lawyers and less money to the people, I’ve got an issue with it.” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford, April 22, 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, May 03, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Rethinking corporate criminal liability | Barry Leon

Since the SNC-Lavalin deferred prosecution agreement issue surfaced in the media, along with the assertions that prosecuting the company could harm Canada’s economy, I have been wondering whether our approach to corporate criminal liability should be reconsidered. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Time to mobilize family law litigants | John-Paul Boyd

Another election has come and gone in Alberta, and with it another opportunity to get family law reform and access to justice on the radar. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

The Coach: Succeeding though administrative management | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

Firm leaders expect employees to follow the rules, follow the policies and share the ethics and the visions of the firm. In exchange, the employee can stay and will be paid. How can a law firm achieve this intentionally? The first step is to answer the following questions: ... [read more]

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Reflections on how we see each other and how the public sees us | Ian Wilkinson

This article is in response to Sam Goldstein’s article Difference between lawyers, paralegals wherein he says “I am pointing out there is a difference between a bachelor’s degree and community college diploma and no amount of specialized training can make up for that difference.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Law society SOP in historical context | Sam Goldstein

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is clarifying what it means by its Statement of Principles (SOP) with a motion to be voted on May 8, 2019, after the bencher election. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Law Society of Ontario should step up for pro bono | Guy Pratte

The recent provincial budget proposal of a 30 per cent funding cut to Legal Aid Ontario with no funding for Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), highlights the challenges the legal profession needs to grapple with: the access to justice crisis, the obligations of government, a healthy legal aid and the need to innovate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Kim Kardashian makes mockery of practice of law | Jasmine Daya

Kim Kardashian, the daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, an attorney who rose to prominence for his defence of O.J. Simpson during a 1995 murder trial that resulted in an acquittal, announced that she, too, will be a lawyer. (Simpson, a legendary American football hero, was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The murder trial was televised live and the case went on for months.) ... [read more]